Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news
Your connection to industry & member news  |  Nov. 19, 2020

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Your SCPA staff wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We will be closed Nov. 26-27. There will be no eBulletin next week because of the holiday. We're grateful for you and appreciate your support and involvement in SCPA. 

Contest publication period ends, deadline approaching

It’s almost time to recognize the best and brightest in South Carolina journalism!
The entry platform and contest rules are live and the site will accept entries for the News Contest, Collegiate Contest and Associate/Individual Member Contest until Friday, Dec. 4.
Nov. 15 was the final day of the 2020 SCPA News Contest period. This means that anything published in print or digitally from Nov. 16, 2019, through Nov. 15, 2020, can be entered in this year’s News Contest.
All editors should have received log-in information for the site. Let us know if we need to resend it or have questions about the contest.
Don't let the Dec. 4 deadline sneak up on you...start entering today!
By Eric P. Robinson, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Music awards dispute shows dilemma of photo coverage of concerts and other events

In-mid November, The Associated Press declined to cover the Country Music Association Awards after the organizers attempted to place severe limits on the photos that the wire service could take and distribute of the event.
An AP photographer was not allowed into the awards event because of coronavirus limitations. So the CMA suggested that the AP license photos taken by CMA photographers. But the AP refused, since licensing normally involves a fee (which the CMA said would be waived) and because then the CMA, not the AP, would determine what was photographed and which photos would be available for licensing. 
The AP then proposed that it take screenshots of television coverage of the event, as it has for other awards show during the coronavirus pandemic. But the CMA wanted to bar the AP from taking or distributing any photos showing the socially-distanced audience of nominees of their guests, who were all unmasked.
The AP refused this condition, with AP Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor Anthony McCartney saying that “[b]y denying independent news organizations, including AP, access to take images of a publicly broadcast event, the CMA Awards is infringing upon the news media’s ability to tell the full story of the event.”
This is just the most recent example of an organization seeking to limit or control media coverage of a newsworthy events.
This has been a particular issue in sports. American courts have consistently held that “purposive” athletic events such as football and basketball games—with scores determined by objective measures such as touchdowns or goals—are not copyrightable. “Aesthetic” sports events that include artistic elements, such as ice skating and synchronized swimming, on the other hand, are copyrightable. Read more
Member Spotlight: Andy Brack
Publisher of Charleston City Paper
What do you like best about your job?
Using creativity to solve big and small problems. In reporting, every day is different because you never know what the news is going to be. In publishing, every day is different, too. But unlike reporting, publishing brings with it lots of different challenges -- managing finances, staffing, budgeting, dealing with distribution, planning new features, interacting with advertisers, promoting the paper and (I wouldn't have said this before this year) adjusting for global pandemics.
What is your proudest career moment?
Publishing a column every week about South Carolina politics and policy for almost 20 years. I was also honored to win a Champion of Change award from the Obama Administration for work done to craft strategies for the South to deal with oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico.

What's the most exciting thing going on at your paper?
Developing new streams of revenue to boost a bottom line that has been hammered by coronavirus. We've started a new monthly section, developed some special sections and just published our first book, 350 Facts About Charleston.

What’s your favorite SCPA member service?
Hands down: Jay Bender's legal advice. The SCPA offers many great services, but this is the most helpful day in and day out. We don't use it much, but, boy, it brings peace of mind when it is offered.

What adjustments have you made during COVID-19?
The workplace has changed dramatically. While the office is open, it is mostly empty as news and ad teams generally work from home. We use Zoom for team meetings. Everyone took a slight pay cut. The newspaper office of the future won't look much like it does today. I wouldn't be surprised if we downsized our space significantly in the near future. 

When it’s safe to get out and about again, what are some area attractions/restaurants in your community we shouldn’t miss?
It's Charleston. There are too many to list. We suggest you pick up our new Dish dining guide and look at some of Charleston's hidden gems and the City Paper's top 50 restaurants. 

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I attended Duke University (A.B., psychology) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A., journalism). I obviously am loyal to no one (although I do tend to pull for Duke in basketball in the one game I watch annually).

What do you like to do outside of work?
In college, I started to paint. I do it frequently enough that I've run out of wall space. I also decided recently to start playing the drums again, although I bang on them to the same old music from the 80s. Finally, I try to manage two teen-aged daughters, but they seem to have my number.

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Industry News

Center for Health Journalism to host free vaccine roll-out webinar on Nov. 24

It’s been two consecutive weeks of very big news from the medical race of the century: Moderna just announced its COVID-19 vaccine was nearly 95% effective in study results, while Pfizer said earlier that its candidate was more than 90% effective in trials. The findings offer the tantalizing possibility amid rapidly worsening outbreaks that the pandemic could be vanquished far sooner than thought. Yet huge logistical hurdles remain, even if both vaccines are deemed safe and approved by regulators in the weeks to come.
In this webinar, the Center for Health Journalism at USC Annenberg will offer an updated look at the logistical and ethical hurdles posed by the coming vaccine roll-out. It will be held on Nov. 24, from 1-2 p.m., and is free thanks to The Commonwealth Fund and the National Institute for Health Care Management. The event will leave journalists better prepared to translate this massive and urgent story for your audience over the weeks and months to come. Learn more and register.

How journalists can ward off burnout 

This is a hard time for all journalists. It’s a time when we are more journalist than any other role we hold. It’s a time when our attempts at escaping this work, this role, are halted by even the slightest news consumers in our lives. Still, this is not a time that we should forget that, yes, we are more than journalists.
We are people — mothers and fathers, sons, daughters, friends and coaches and caregivers. We have families and lives outside this work and beyond these screens.
So when it comes to us — to you caring for you — start with knowing that the work of being a journalist is an occupational hazard.  As I teach in Poynter’s trauma and resilience course, it is impossible to see what you’ve seen, share the stories you’ve shared and not pick up a residue of stress and trauma.
The two manifest in all of us differently. (If you haven’t already, read Hannah Storm’s PTSD story to see what I mean.) But what I’ve seen through delivering this training to newsrooms is that often we discount or downgrade how we’re feeling. Sometimes, it’s because, well, we’re journalists. We’ve got thick skin, no tears and a mission. And sometimes, this is because we’re not on the frontlines of the election story or the pandemic story or the racial equity story or … the list goes on.
Indirect trauma can be just as detrimental to our work, our bodies and our relationships as direct trauma can be.
By Samantha Ragland, Poynter | Read more

Vision25: Building Racial Equity in Newsrooms

Vision25: "Building Racial Equity in Newsrooms" is a new initiative started as a collaboration between the Online News Association, the Maynard Institute and OpenNews, with a goal to be a major catalyst creating social change within journalistic institutions that help newsrooms be anti-racist and collaborative, and where journalists of color feel like they truly belong. Vision25 is creating programs that any news organization can access, in order to effect change in leadership, workforce and partnerships that can result in building a truly anti-racists environment.
Editor and Publisher recently hosted a video interview with Vision25 founders to learn why they feel there is such a need for such an initiative today, and, how news publishers can take advantage of the Vision25 resources. Watch the E&P interview. 

6 lessons from the LMA Lab for Journalism Funding

“We don’t know what we don’t know.”
That was Liz White’s top takeaway after the publisher of the Record-Journal (Meriden, Conn.) engaged in a “community listening tour.”
This focus on listening is a key early lesson for members of Local Media Association's Lab for Journalism Funding, launched in September with support from Google. The Record-Journal is one of 16 publishers working through a curriculum created by a team at The Seattle Times.
The publishers are creating and implementing strategies to fund critical reporting through philanthropy. A key early step in that process has been the community listening tour.
“Listening tours are essential for establishing open channels of communication between the newsroom and the communities it seeks to serve through the community-funded model for local journalism,” said Joaquin Alvarado, executive director of Project Accelerate Seattle at The Times.
Publishers in the fundraising lab have found their listening tours valuable, sometimes in unexpected ways. For example, a listening tour doesn’t just improve your chances of getting philanthropic funding; it also improves your journalism. Here are six lessons from the lab on the power of listening.
By Frank Mungeam, Local Media Association | Read more

How to maximize your holiday revenue during a pandemic

The 2020 holiday season looks different, but that doesn’t have to affect your revenue
For many local media companies, the holiday season is one of their biggest revenue-driving periods of the year. As we all try to deal with the effects of COVID-19 on our communities, it’s easy to think your plans of December revenue success are gone. However, local advertisers need your media company’s help now more than ever.
Now is not the time to stop talking to your advertisers. Now is the time to show local businesses you have solutions to help them drive measurable results this holiday season. In this webinar, we lay out a plan for you to drive significant revenue even during a pandemic.
The Opportunity
The holiday season is often the biggest sales time of the year. In 2020, local businesses are in need of a way to promote themselves and their products or services. They need to advertise if they’re now offering mobile ordering, curbside pick-up, delivery, or more. They need creative ideas to help them standout among their competition and are looking the for advice of your media company. For many of these businesses, promotions may be the most important tool for helping them survive this holiday season.
By Liz Huff, Second Street | Read key takeaways and watch recording


By Joel Simon, Committee to Protect Journalists

Here’s how Biden can restore US press freedom leadership

In his four years in office, President Trump has made attacking the media a hallmark of his administration. He has called journalists fake news and enemies of the people — but also scum, liars, and bad people. He continues to blame the media for his electoral defeat, accusing journalists of covering his administration unfairly and also of calling the election in favor of Biden.
Trump’s attacks have undermined public trust and damaged American democracy, a particularly troubling legacy in the midst of a pandemic, when the necessary sacrifices Americans will need to make in the coming weeks depend on agreeing on certain essential facts.
But as damaging as Trump’s rhetoric has been in a domestic context, it has been far more damaging for journalists around the world. Tyrants and autocrats have appropriated Trump’s words, denouncing critical journalists and passing new laws criminalizing the publication of fake news. Press conferences featuring Trump and repressive leaders gleefully calling journalists “fake” have become a trope.
During the four years of the Trump administration, CPJ has documented a record number of journalists in prison around the world and a surge in the number jailed for publishing “false news.” The Trump administration has also participated in the cover-up by the Saudi regime of the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, protecting Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman and blocking efforts by Congress to hold him accountable for his alleged role in the killing. Read more

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